Weekend (and Friday) Sales

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- Vivienne Tam sale continues at Gilt Groupe; the Rachel Roy sale begins today. [Gilt Groupe]

- The Kate Spade private sale continues. [Kate Spade]

- Neiman Marcus sale of the season is going on right now (and in stores, fine). [Neiman Marcus]

- Brooks Brothers, Thomas Pink, and Charles Tyrwhitt are all having massive sales (now that father’s day’s past). You may think of them as men’s stores, but they sell amazing women’s basics.

Save 25% at the Brooks Brothers Friends and Family Sale – Promo Code friend56.
Free Shipping from Thomas Pink for orders over $280.

The Charles Tyrwhitt SALE is now on – save up to 65%!

NEW YORK

- The Bill Blass sale continues today (ending at 7 PM) — up to 90% off! Dresses that were $495-$695 are now $49-$69. 207 W. 38th [MUG]

- Chanel, D&G, Valentino — up to 75% off. Ends today at 7. Boutique on 57, 12 W. 57th, Suite 807. [MUG]

- Rafe’s bag, shoes, and leather goods are on sale through 5 PM today. 85 Fifth Ave, 12th Floor. [Racked]

- Botkier sample sale: Amazing handbags, 50-70% off, on sale through Sunday. (Friday & Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5). 172 Mercer. [Fashionista]

- The Jimmy Choo sale begins this weekend — 30% off on select styles through July 20th at various locations. [Racked]

10 Things to Know About: Wearing Button-Down Shirts

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Someone was telling us recently that they didn’t wear button-down shirts, didn’t even know how to wear ‘em. So, here ya go…

1. If you’re going for the crisp cotton look, go for non-iron. Brooks Brothers makes a great fitted non-iron shirt. Thomas Pink (very high end, typically thought of as a man’s store) makes amazing button-down shirts for women, also, with interesting prints and a lovely fit.

2. Collars should stay on the inside of the jacket, not splayed open on the outside.

3. If you have a white shirt, try not to put it in the dryer in order to avoid yellowing. Actually, in our experience the iron-free shirts look best when hung dry. (Just pull them taut, a bit, when they’re wet and you’re hanging on the hanger — it always seems to help the fabric figure out where to go.)

4. If you’ve got a French cuff shirt, do not bother with those tiny knots you can buy at places for $10 — you’re wasting your money and time, because they take forever to put in. Instead, make an investment in a good pair of cufflinks — Thomas Pink has great ones; Vivre also has some beautiful ones right now

5. Tucking: If you’re wearing a fitted, button-down shirt (such as the ones from Pink) you can experiment with how it looks untucked. The key is that it can’t be too long — it should hit mid-hip, and no matter what should not be longer than your suit jacket. Silky shirts should always be tucked.

6. If you want a very clean look, there are some stores that make leotard-like button-down shirts. See, for example, Victoria’s Secret.

7. Non-traditional style idea: Wear a short-sleeved button-down shirt beneath a vest or even a t-shirt. (We’ve given up trying to wear anything but silky button-downs beneath full-sleeve sweaters — the static cling gets us every time.)

8. Non-traditional style idea, Part 2: Wear a camisole/tank top underneath the button-down shirt, tuck in the shirt, and only button it up halfway, so people can see the camisole beneath. See Allison Janey in West Wing.

9. Gaping: If your shirt is gaping, this could mean a few things. A) You need a larger size, and should take it to a tailor to get it to fit you the way you want it to. B) You need to wear a camisole beneath it, so when you turn to the side people don’t get a view of your bra. C) You can experiment with Hollywood Tape and so forth to keep it from gaping — we’ve found the camisole is just easier.

10. Beneath the white shirt: Wear a bra that matches your skin tone, and a white camisole, no matter how convinced you are that no one can see through it. We’ve tried the nude camisole, and trust is: white just looks better.